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Friday, April 16, 2021 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

OneDrive Migration Project Update

Mike and Stephen will provide an overview of the project to move away from on-campus file storage including: a general summary of OneDrive, the benefits of OneDrive in your normal work routine, and finally a  quick demonstration of IST’s recent N: drive to OneDrive files migration.  

Speaker Bios

Mike Cocker

Mike has worked at the University of Waterloo for 15 years. He began working as an Information Technology Specialist for Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2006. He has been working as a Systems Integration Specialist for IST since 2011. Mike has had an array of IT responsibilities over the years, but currently his focus is working for Technology Integrated Services area of IST doing workstation management and SCCM. Before working at UWaterloo, Mike worked locally in IT for several years. Mike's hobbies include gardening, hiking, and travelling.

Stephen Markan

Stephen has been an employee at the University of Waterloo for over 30 years. He is currently part of IST and is the Client Services liaison to the Faculty of Science. He also knows a thing or two about SharePoint (hint: OneDrive is really SharePoint in disguise). When not puttering with computers, Stephen putters in the garden, and organizes tabletop gaming events throughout Waterloo region via KW Gamers.

Join online

This seminar will be recorded. The link will be added to the PDAG website.

Friday, April 23, 2021 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Optimizing Your Home Office Ergonomics

This will be a visual presentation designed to assist employees in setting up a home office workstation with ergonomics in mind. In a home office environment sometimes creative and innovative solutions are needed.  Frequently made common mistakes will be illustrated, and best practices shared.  Both seated and standing workstations will be discussed.

Speaker Bio

Andrew Scheifele

Andrew started work with the University in 2014, working as a manager in the Safety Office. He brings with him over 20 years of experience helping individuals with office ergonomics and has met with well over 600 University employees.  Managing the ergonomics program and conducting ergonomic assessments are one of the many responsibilities he holds in the Safety Office. In addition, he oversees accident and near miss investigations, WSIB reporting, helping injured employees return to work and supporting legislative compliance.   


Join online

This seminar will be recorded. The link will be added to the PDAG website.

Friday, April 30, 2021 — 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM EDT

Better Know a Faculty Compute Group - CSCF

In this first of a, hopefully, long-running series, we get to know the Computer Science Computing Facility.  Who are they, what do they do, and what is a “Facility” anyhow?  We look at some of the projects they have been involved in from creating a 200TB file service using open-source tools, a multi-building redundant infrastructure, building multi-million dollar clusters, to the Odyssey of the Exam Management System and the Online Academic Tools (OAT).  Come get to know us!

Speaker Bio:

Lawrence Folland came to UW in 2003 to join the management team for the newly created CSCF, along with Jason Testart (now Director of Information Security).  He started with a team of two (Mike Patterson and Mike Gore) and now has a team of 4 research computing support staff, two web developers and a small army of co-ops supporting our various endeavors.  From November 2019 to October 2020 he took off a year to take on the role of Staff Association President, a role that was both demanding and very rewarding during the pandemic.  He is pleased to be back with his team and looks forward to the day when they can be working together in person. When not working (and there’s no lockdown), he enjoys board gaming, skiing, canoeing, geocaching, sailing, video games and drumming in a classic rock band.

Join online

This seminar will be recorded. The link will be added to the PDAG website.

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